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How to start in Street Photography

How to start in street photography

Hong Kong is a place with a lot of people but as a small city, there is no week that in one of my workshops I see some of my students taking pictures on the street or better yet, teaching others to photograph, teaching others what I taught them one day.

The first lesson I usually give in my workshops for beginners is a practical lesson, I try to avoid any technical content that tend to be very boring and honestly almost none of us like to listen to lessons that we do not understand anything. Anyway, the first thing you learn in my street photography workshops if you are still a beginner is how to be invisible, go into a scene, photograph it and come out of it as if you had never been there before.


Be invisible, go into a scene, photograph it and come out of it as if you had never been there before.


how to start in street photography
How to Start in Street Photography

With this type of exercise you will improve your street photography by leaps and bounds, it is easy to do (and to see these scenes in the street) and the result in your photography will be quite good, catching the attention of those who see your images. I have two phrases deep in my head that I repeat over and over again to my students:

If you know what you are looking for, it will be much easier to find it. - Miguelitor
Practice until it becomes an instinctive act. - Miguelitor

 


Street Photography Challenge


 


How to start in Street Photography

How to start in street photography - Invisibility


What we must do first is to be invisible, to go unnoticed, the more unnoticed you go the better results you will get with your camera and the more comfortable you will feel when photographing and this is learned by shooting, practicing, the more you practice the more tricks you will learn to go unnoticed.

  • You will pretend to be a tourist

  • You will pretend you are talking to someone else.

  • You will shoot from the waist

  • You will shoot from the side

  • There are thousands...

Although we already know that the best camera is the one we have at the moment, I am one of those who support and believe that the camera we should have should be small, remember that:

Small cameras but big ideas - Miguelitor

 

My cameras





As you can see, none of my cameras is excessively big, all three are very fast and above all, what I like most about all three is that you go unnoticed.

 

How to start in Street Photography

How to start in street photography - Balance


Well, we already know that almost everything we need to get good photos is to go unnoticed, but now let's create an exercise in which we know what we are looking for, let's balance our image with two subjects and close the shot with a wall, and thus avoid noises that give us nothing in benefit of our photo.

Look at this image I made in one of my workshops in Lisbon, Portugal.

How yo start in Street Photography, balance
How yo start in Street Photography

I like to use this photograph as an example because both people in the image are looking at me and know that I am photographing them ... or not!

I liked this image since I saw it and I knew I had a good picture, it is simple, it is balanced, there is contrast between the two subjects (soon we will talk about juxtaposition by contrast) and moreover, the viewer will understand what is in the picture, it is a very simple picture but it will always be liked.


How did I take this photograph?

I saw them from far away and I already knew that I would take a picture of them, but at no time did I make eye contact with them, they saw me approach, I put myself between the two and photograph them, but, as I say,